Biblical Phenomena of Sweating Blood and a Red Heifer Appear

September 29, 2018
Another famous biblical phenomenon may have occurred in modern times as a girl in Vietnam sweats blood just as was described in this passage in the Book of Luke. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Israel where a biblical prophecy about the birth of a red heifer signaling the beginning of the end of days is being both celebrated and checked for loopholes.

Bet you didn’t know these 10 words were named after people

September 28, 2018
Some people make such a big impression that they can’t stop naming things after them. George Washington got a city, a state, and a monument. And his home state of Virginia? Also named after a person: the virgin queen, Elizabeth I. But if you’re a really big deal, you get to add a whole new word to the dictionary. It’s happened more often than you think. Here are the strange origins of some of the words you might use every day.

The Snallygaster: Century-old fake news terrorized citizens of Maryland… but the creature may be real

September 24, 2018
THE Snallygaster is a mysterious unknown cryptid that is said to look like a dragon. The legend of the beast originated with German immigrants that settled in Frederick County in Central Maryland. Maryland is a Mid-Atlantic state that’s defined by its abundant waterways and coastlines on the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. It is a neighboring state west of New Jersey.

Double lives: 6 infamous real-life secret identities

September 23, 2018
WE’RE all familiar with secret agents living double lives in spy novels, superheroes with their secret identities, serial killers who everyone described as “such a nice, quiet guy.” And yet no matter how many times we encounter the concept, we are drawn time and again to the duplicitous figures, who appear to be one thing while secretly being something far, far different.

How would a flat Earth even work?

September 22, 2018
Among scientific and skeptical types, clowning on flat-earthers is a pastime as old as Washington Irving. But the fun isn’t just in the myriad ways that you can prove that the Earth is round (er, a roughly spherical ovoid). It’s also in imagining what life would be like if the Earth was actually flat. The problems start with the simple issue of gravity.

Girl takes ‘Best’ Loch Ness monster photo ‘in Years’

September 19, 2018
That evaluation came from the man who is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records for the longest continuous monster hunting vigil on the shores of Loch Ness. Have his standards been lowered, is he getting desperate or is a photograph taken by a 12-year-old tourist really one of the best Loch Ness monster photos of all time? More importantly, is it the Loch Ness monster?

The ghosts that may still be haunting the Oval Office

September 18, 2018
A new book by Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post writer and co-author of All the President’s Men, is making the rounds and numerous passages are being quoted, debated and disputed. One that was particularly intriguing claimed that the current president believes there are ghosts in the Oval Office, particularly the spirit of President Lyndon Johnson who likes to knock papers on the floor. It turns out the story is not in Woodward’s book (it was traced to a fake Twitter site) but there are plenty of people who claim to have seen, heard, felt or feared ghosts throughout the White House ever since it was built. There are plenty more than just the spirit of Honest Abe prowling his old bedroom.

Some Books Can Kill

September 16, 2018

THE Smithsonian’s Cullman Library holds a gorgeous 1602 edition of Ulisse Aldrovandi’s De animalibus insectis, a pioneering book on insects illustrated with detailed woodcuts.